Premier League side Arsenal FC have been charged by UEFA for “field invasion” by the fans of the club during the game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, according to reports.
The Gunners were thrashed 5-1 in the return leg of the Round of 16 fixture at the Emirates Stadium. A fan was picked up as he ran onto the pitch in the final minutes of the game.
The result was a very humiliating one for the team, since they had lost the first leg in Germany by the same scoreline – this makes 10-2 aggregate.
The German side did not escape a charge as UEFA found them culpable as well. The club supporters threw objects onto the pitch after the game began. This forced the game to be stopped for a while. The fans were not happy with the ticket prices and decided to let their feelings known that way.
Bayern Munich qualified for the last eight of the tournament, with goals from striker Robert Lewandowski, wingers Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa and a brace from former Juve player Arturo Vidal. They join Real Madrid – who dispatched Napoli 1-3 in Italy – to go onto the next stage.
The humongous loss adds to the pressure of Coach Arsene Wenger. The French tactician has not seen Arsenal go past the round of 16 in seven years now. This is aside a Premier League title drought since 2004. Agitations are on an all-time high.
Paris Saint Germain is likely to join Real and Bayern if they remain steadfast in Camp Nou. They netted four goals in France but they would have to sit tight as Barca would try to cause an upset.
Benfica have a slight edge against Bundesliga giant Borussia Dortmund. The game is too close to call considering Dortmund’s strength and history, but Wednesday would decide.